SOLD FOR: $6,025.00
Serial Number: 67650
Year of Manufacture: 1948
Gauge: Bore 410, 3” Chamber
Action Type: Pump Action with 2/3 Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-“, “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“, “MODEL 42 – 410 – 3 IN. CHAM.” and “FULL” with “WINCHESTER”, “MODEL 42” and “FULL” in gold. The top of the barrel at the rear to the left of the rib and the top of the receiver at the front are marked with an ovalled “WP” proof. The bottom of the receiver at the front and the bottom of the barrel extension are marked with the serial number in gold. The bottom of the barrel extension at the front and the bottom of the magazine tube at the barrel extension have indexing arrows. The bottom of the barrel extension also has an engraving of a pigeon. The left-rear of the trigger guard is marked “0”. The barrel at the muzzle and rear and the barrel extension have scroll engraving. The receiver has fine relief scroll engraving surrounding game scenes. The left and right sides have coin finished fine engraved backgrounds with a grouse scene on the left and a dove scene on the right with the birds gold sculpted inlay. There is a gold sculpted inlay quail on the trigger guard and a gold sculpted inlay chukars on the top-rear. There is gold bordering on the scenes, the receiver flats, the front and rear of the receiver, the top of the barrel extension, and at the muzzle. The bottom of each flat in the center is engraved “A. BEE”.
Barrel Length: 28”, Solid Rib
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead at the front of the ventilated rib. The top of the rib and receiver are finely serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece fine checkered select walnut with carved fleur di lis accents, extended slide handle, straight comb, capped pistol grip and checkered black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. The stocks have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 14 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has no notable wear or damage with sharp checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks are in Excellent condition as not original to the gun. The consigner informs us that the stock is from Show-Me Gunstocks by Donnie James.
Type of Finish: Blue, Coin & Gold
Finish Originality: Refinished at the time of engraving, likely with re-struck proof marks.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is very light operational wear on the magazine tube and on the barrel from disassembly. There are a few spots of very light surface oxidation at the edges of the rib. The jeweled lifter and bolt, and the action bar show light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Excellent condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes in a black leatherette hard-sided case from Pro Gun Custom Cases with a fitted red felt interior, brass combination lock latches, and a Winchester Repeating Arms Co label on the inside of the lid. The case shows only faint storage wear, in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage post-war Winchester Model 42 .410 bore pump action shotgun with vent-rib barrel from 1947. The Model 42 was the first pump shotgun specifically designed for the .410 chambering and resembles its larger cousin the Model 12. This example has gorgeous select walnut stocks from Show-Me gunstocks with Deluxe Grade-style carving and checkering and Pigeon Grade-style engraving by Angelo Bee. While the wood and engraving are certainly worthy of a Pigeon Grade, the gun was produced in the correct period for a 42 Pigeon Grade, and the refinish was quite well done, leaving the markings almost as-original, Angelo Bee was still working his way up to Master Engraver at Browning in 1947. This gun was made into a Pigeon Grade-style gun after leaving Winchester and after Angelo had honed his skills to become one of the finest engravers in America. This skill shows in his breathtaking mixture of traditional scroll engraving accents on the barrel, gold accented lettering and bordering, relief scroll engraving on the receiver surrounding coin-finished highly detailed engraved backgrounds with sculpted gold inlay birds on all sides. It comes with a fine case from Pro Gun Custom Cases which is perfect for storage and display, fitting this custom gun beautifully. This magnificent shotgun is sure to find a spot in a Winchester collection or the collection of an Angelo Bee fan. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible shotgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California.